Support kids’ digital literacy
Kids need to learn that the internet is a source of both good and bad information, and that bad information may be either an honest mistake or a lie intended to manipulate people. This understanding is as much a part of “digital literacy” as learning how to search the web.
- Learn how your child’s school is teaching digital literacy.
- Reinforce the message that learning to distinguish reliable from unreliable information is essential.
Kids often first encounter white nationalism online. Once they access a site spreading white nationalist ideas, Google, YouTube, or other sites and search engines will increasingly suggest similar content. Parents need to make individual judgments about how much unsupervised freedom to grant their children online. Consider linking increased online privileges to your confidence in your child’s digital literacy skills.